More companies stop their contributions to Hawley, and others


O’Fallon, Mo. Several other companies halted their campaign contributions for Senator Josh Hawley following last week An attack on the US Capitol buildingThe Political Action Committee of Republicans opposed to President Donald Trump is pressing the remaining donors in Missouri to abandon the Republican senator.

Cerner Corp., a healthcare information technology company based in Kansas City, Missouri, said Tuesday it will suspend contributions to “any candidate or official who participated in or instigated violence last week in Washington, DC,” company spokeswoman Misty Preston said the company is not t Naming specific names, “but the Cerner’s Political Action Committee has donated $ 10,000 to Hawley’s sponsored PAC over the past two years.

Late Monday, two St. Louis-based companies – the utility company Two Orders and Edward Jones Financial Corporation – said they would suspend campaign contributions. Chicago-based law firm Brian Howe Leighton Baysner announced it was halting political contributions at least temporarily. The company is headquartered in Chicago but is among the largest in St. Louis.

Ameren, Edward Jones and the Hawley law firm, who had led the effort to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election and voted to question the number of electors, contributed Even after a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol On January 6th.

Several prominent Republicans in Missouri He has distanced himself from Hawley since the riots, including former Senator John Danforth and major Republican donors Sam Fox and businessman David Humphries.

Hallmark CardsHeadquartered in Kansas City, she went further, saying Monday that she wanted Hawley and Republican Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas to return employee campaign donations. The company said its employees have donated $ 7,000 to Hawley and $ 5,000 to Marshall over the past two years through the company’s PAC.

Steve Schmidt, a longtime Republican official and founder of the anti-Trump Project Lincoln, wrote on Twitter Monday night that the group plans to buy full-page ads in Missouri newspapers listing all Hawley donors who are demanding their refunds. Schmidt wrote that he also plans to highlight those who still fund “disobedience and strife” in Hawley.

Emails seeking comment from Hawley’s office were not immediately received.

Two things, in a statement, called January 6 “A very sad day in American history.” The company cited these “disturbing events” as part of its reason for suspending all federal PAC contributions.

Edward Jones said he had decided to “stop” the contributions of all elected officials.

“PAC has a long history of bipartisan support, and we want to ensure that any elected official we support shares the values ​​and opinions of the company. We strongly condemn the violence in our nation’s capital, and we join other CEOs, government, civic leaders and members of the business community in calling for a peaceful transfer of power, a hallmark of our democracy. “

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